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北京语言大学 Běijīng yǔyán dàxué, also known colloquially as 北语 Běiyǔ.

BLCU was founded nearly 50 years ago, in 1962, as a center specially designed for teaching Chinese language and culture to foreign students. It is the only international university of its kind in China, and is the largest center for Mandarin Chinese study in the country. Since its inception, more than 100,000 students, representing over 176 nations, have come to Beijing to enroll in its top-notch Chinese language programs.

The university's impressive accolades don't end there. Beyond being well-respected as a Chinese language teaching institution, it is likewise renowned as the premier university for providing training courses for teachers specializing in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. With that in mind, it's not outlandish to assume that no matter where you choose to study Chinese in China, it's more than likely your professor will be a graduate of BLCU themselves. This multicultural university environment likewise offers prominent undergraduate and postgraduate courses in foreign languages, humanities and social sciences to its Chinese students.

It's no wonder that BLCU is a top choice for international students wanting to study abroad in China.

Want an even deeper look? Watch our guided tour of BLCU below and find out more about what it is like to live and study in Beijing.


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BLCU is the largest Mandarin language learning center in China, with over 9,000 international students attending its courses annually. No matter where you come from in the world, at BLCU you are virtually guaranteed to "reunite" with someone from your home country (cue "It's a Small World" theme song). BLCU is a vibrant, cosmopolitan campus located in Wudaokou, the student-centric area of Beijing.

While the standard of teaching is equal to Peking or Tsinghua, the workload isn’t quite as intense, making this an ideal choice for students who are also interested in getting out and seeing more of the city. Many students opt to pair their BLCU Chinese language programs with an internship or volunteer program.

It's worth noting:

- Most BLCU dormitory accommodations have a 12am curfew. Please take this into account when selecting your housing. CSA is happy to take requests for specific dorm buildings, however, dorms are allocated by universities and we therefore cannot guarantee such requests.
- All students must be over 18 years old to attend. Students 15-18 may participate in 4-week summer programs in July and August.

What is included in your BLCU Chinese language program?

CSA's bottom line goal is to make sure your stay in China goes smoothly. We're there for you as much or as little as needed! As a CSA student, in addition to your course tuition, you'll also receive:

Course tuition fees
Pre-departure assistance
Airport Pick-up 
All textbooks (for students who choose a study option)
Assistance buying a local SIM card on arrival 
City and local area orientation (restaurants, supermarkets etc.)
Meet up with other CSA students
Registration assistance when you arrive
24-hour on the ground support while you are in China. More Information ►

What is the cost of this program, and when can I start?!

Whether you want to study in China for an academic year, a semester, over the wintertime or in summer 2016, there is a China Study Abroad program for you at BLCU. Be sure to follow the link below to find out more information on the BLCU Chinese language program that is right for you. We look forward to welcoming you to Beijing soon!

Cost varies. See our Dates and Fees page for more details

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Whether you want to study in China for an academic year, a semester, over the wintertime or in summer, there is a China study abroad program for you at BLCU. Be sure to follow the links above to find out more information, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to welcoming you to Beijing soon!

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Course Descriptions

BLCU has six levels for short term students, with a wide range of programs including one semester, twelve weeks, summer study abroad and winter study abroad programs.

Elementary Level: The purpose of this course is to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese. The course has an emphasis on oral skills with classes in listening and speaking with initial presentation of the written language, both reading and writing.

A large emphasis is placed on mastering the phonetic system so as set a good foundation for further Chinese studies with the correct pronunciation and intonation. While the learning of sentence patterns is a major component of the course, efforts will be made to help students handle simple everyday tasks such as greeting, introducing friends and relatives, identifying people or objects, asking for one's personal information (including name, occupation, nationality, address, phone number), expressing gratitude to someone, sending someone your regard, making a reply to a complimentary remark, talking about your family, your school and your studies, looking for someone, seeing a guest off, asking the time, making an appointment, making an invitation, making a suggestion, asking for someone’s opinion, buying something, and offering congratulations.


Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
A0 (A-zero) No experience required Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours
A 200 characters; approx. 1-2 months
A+ (A-plus) 350 characters; approx. 2-3 months

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
B 1000 characters; approx. 4-6 months Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours
B+ (B-plus) 1200 characters; approx. 5-6 months

 

Intermediate Level: The purpose of this course is to continue to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese by expanding on the base of elementary Chinese. The course will provide instruction in all four language skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.

Many of the grammatical constructions introduced in first year Chinese will be repeated in this course with increasing sophistication in terms of style and usage. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of first year Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. In this course students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese.

By the end of this course, students are expected to deal with daily-life related Chinese in a target language environment with no difficulty. Topics covered include: buying things, making an invitation, making an appointment, offering congratulations, asking for one's age, asking for opinions from others, presenting a gift, asking the way, making a telephone call, refusing politely, shopping, entertaining a guest, asking for information, complimenting, making a plan, asking for permission, welcoming a guest, waiting for someone, proposing a toast, talking about ball games, seeing someone off, traveling, and buying tickets.


Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
C 1500 characters Before midterm:
Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours

After midterm:
Comprehensive Chinese 6 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 6 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
D 2500 characters Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 4 hours

 

Advanced Level: The purpose of the course is to continue to develop their skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese.

Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills with a manageable degree of challenge. At the functional level, this course aims at helping students solidify their ability to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. It seeks to enable students to understand face-to-face conversations on most familiar topics, give factual accounts, read materials written in formal expression, and write simple essays, reports and other types of correspondence. There is a heavy emphasis on reading from this level covering topics such as current events, social sciences, history, and literature. Discussions on the reading materials will be conducted regularly to develop students' skills of abstract reasoning, narration and description.

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
E 3500 characters Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 6 hours;
Ancient Chinese 4 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
F 4000 characters Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 4 hours
4 hour elective class from: Chinese Movies, Chinese Literature, or Chinese Circumstance

 

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  • Beijing

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    3610 Capital Mansions,
    6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang
    Beijing, 100027
    Phone: (+86) 10 8468 3799 
  • London

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    154 Bishopsgate
    London EC2M 4LN
    United Kingdom
    Phone: (+44) 0207 377 84 
  • Hong Kong

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    Rm 604-7 Dominion Centre
    43-59 Queen’s Road East
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (+852) 800 968 924 

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